Washington Places Brandon Scherff On IR

The Washington Football Team has placed offensive lineman Brandon Scherff on injured reserve, per a club announcement. Scherff suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday against the Cardinals, which will keep him out of action for at least three weeks. In a related move, Washington promoted wide receiver Cam Sims from the practice squad. 

At minimum, Scherff will miss the next three games against the Browns, Ravens, and Rams. If he’s cleared in time, he’ll be eligible to return on Oct. 18 against the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Thanks to the franchise tag, Scherff is set to play out 2020 on a one-year, $15.03MM deal. The three-time Pro Bowler was the first guard to receive the franchise tag since 2011, and that’s largely due to the league’s arcane rules regarding offensive lineman. Per the collective bargaining agreement, guards and tackles are classified under the same “offensive lineman” banner. Those franchise tender salaries are calculated off of the average of the top five at any given position, and teams aren’t keen on paying tackle money to guards. At least, they haven’t historically been keen on that. Scherff is one of the better interior linemen in the league, and the cost of quality guards has risen dramatically.

Since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Scherff has started in all 67 of his games. Unfortunately, he’s also missed a good chunk of time. Between 2018 and 2019, he was sidelined for 13 games. He’s one of the league’s very best interior protectors when he’s healthy, but the injury bug has unfortunately bitten him once again.

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  1. JJB0811

    a bit confusing: Since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Scherff has started in all 67 of his games. Unfortunately, he’s also missed a good chunk of time. Between 2018 and 2019, he was sidelined for 13 games.

    Did he start all of the game for miss games?

    • Oooof

      The arithmetic makes it pretty easy to grok. 16 x 5 is 80. 80 – 13 is 67. So he’s always been either starting or injured. (He also started the one playoff game Washington has made in his time there.)

      • JJB0811

        Pretty senseless to say ‘he started all of his games while missing games’ don’t you think?

        • wagner13

          No, because he could have sat out his rookie season while learning from the bench. Stop fishing for errors; the sentence is fine the way it was originally constructed

          • JJB0811

            I have never heard of a 1st round guard sitting his rookie season to learn the game.

  2. badco44

    He is not the player he once was. See him continuously get beat 2-3 times a game…..not good for a so called all Pro

    • crosseyedlemon

      At least he can put his helmet on without complaining his head hurts.

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